October 17, 2013
LAURINBURG — The 2013 Chris McLean Memorial Junior Futures Tournament was held Saturday at the Scotland County Tennis Center.
The tournament, which was limited to those age 16 and under, saw over 50 players compete from all over the state. The tournament helps raise money for the Scotland County Tennis Association, which it uses to hold youth activities and buy tennis equipment. It also goes towards elementary schools’ physical education programs and to help upgrade the tennis facilities.
Jacob Johnson won the boys 16-and-under bracket 7-6, 6-4 over Tejas Dalvi. Jacob Blackman, a former Scotland High School player, won the consolation bracket. Emma Burroughs defeated Mira Kasari 6-2, 6-2 in the girls 16-and-under championship game. Scotland’s Sallie Wegner was the consolation winner.
Stephen Saye beat Aiden Temple 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 wo win the boys 14-and-under bracket, while Spencer Lynch won the consolation. Melissa Lu won the girls side with her 6-3, 6-0 win over Chloe Hasund. McKenzie Grady was the consolation winner.
In the 12-and-under group, Seth Harrell was the champion with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Nicholas Kinlman. Jacob Fessler won the consolation bracket. Macy Morrison claimed the girls’ title with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Madison Williams. Ritika Shamdasani was the consolation winner.
The 8-and-under group featured the youngest players in the tournament. All the players got to play against each other and received a participant trophy.
Group tennis lessons are currently available at the tennis center for ages 5-16 for preparation for the next Scotland County tournament, which will be held in late April or early May.